Remembering fallen heroes

Sean C. Morgan

Mayor Craig Fentiman said it was an honor to have the opportunity to stand before veterans and community members to thank the brave men and women who have served the United States during Monday’s Memorial Day service held at Gilliland Cemetery.

“I am sure it is hard for many of us to comprehend the magnitude of sacrifices made by our soldiers, missed birthdays, anniversaries, deaths, births, holiday barbecues and countless other celebrations with friends and family.” Fentiman said. “And this is done all in the name of defending the freedoms that you and I enjoy each and every day. I know that whenever I reflect on the dedication required to serve in the United States military, I am always humbled by the importance of this commitment.”

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Fentiman’s father served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he said. His values and work ethic, learned in the military, made him a truly honorable man and a hero.

His father was lucky enough to make it home, Fentiman said. “Many of those who serve our country do not find the same fortune. Many, in fact, pay the ultimate price. That is why we are here to honor the fallen, those who gave their lives to protect our way of life, a reality full of privilege and opportunities that we can so easily take for granted.”

While honoring those who have been lost, Fentiman encouraged everyone to not forget those who survived the call of duty, to take care of those who served and continue to serve.

“Today, I challenge all of you to find someone who has or is currently serving in one of our military branches and thank them,” Fentiman said. “It can be something large, like donating your time or money to one of our local veterans groups or as simple as a smile and a thank you.”